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PowerupGaming Christmas Cracker #18 – Cthulhu Saves Christmas

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I honestly didn’t think I’d come across anything weirder than a Christmas game for this article series, but I was wrong. You can probably already guess how wrong I was just from the title of this piece, but I kid you not that there is a game out there that combines the potentially threatening old god Cthulhu with the Christian holiday that celebrates the brith of Jesus Christ. If you’re curious, or just fancy going mad, watch the trailer for the game below and read on for more details about this, definitely Christmassy, game.

He’s Back!

You may not be aware that there is another game from Zeboyd about Cthulhu called Cthulhu Saves the World, and this is a prequel to that game. The old god Cthulhu has lost his powers, and he has to rescue Santa Claus in order to get them back. That means that he needs to head out and take down the League of Christmas Evil, in what must be a truly classic Christmas story (very much joking). Cthulhu will band together with the Snow Maiden, Baba Yaga-chan, and Belsnickel, to build R’lyehtionships fight Christmas Evil, and capture the spirit of Christmas, Fhatgn.

Among the League of Christmas Evil that players will need to defeat are Mari Lwyd and Krampus, two extremely evil creatures that I never thought I’d have to face in a game. Instead of defeating enemies, players will be sending them insane, as you’d expect from the old god Cthulhu. The R’lyehtionships that players will grow will be with the friends and foes of Cthulhu, and take place in simplified life simulator sections that work in a similar way to the in-depth ones in the Persona series.

In addition to a coherent story and hardcore JRPG gameplay, with turn-based combat, this game also boasts more chickens than you have a right to expect from a Christmas game, tentacles, and pacing that won’t waste your time. Considering that the whole thing can be played through in around 4 or 5 hours, it sounds like the perfect little experience to occupy your time when you should be speaking with distant relatives on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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This is the first proper Christmas game I’ve covered for the year, simply because there are so many in-game events going on. I honestly expected to find a crappy retailer-produced game that was all about shopping, but this one actually has at least one god in it. Obviously Cthulhu is very much on the opposite end of the spectrum to what you should be thinking about at Christmas, but Jesus doesn’t have a game coming out in 2019 to compete with it.

In terms of Christmas content, this is a great offering. I don’t have a price for the game at the time of writing, but you can see the Steam page here. The game doesn’t require a high-end PC to run, and it’s short, so even if you hate it it’s worth finishing. If you’re looking for a full game that’s focused on Christmas, this is as good as you’re going to get in 2019 I think.

At PowerupGaming we’re covering as many Christmas games, in-game events, and DLC as possible for the month of December. If you weren’t driven insane by this look at Cthulhu Saves Christmas, check out our other articles on Feastivus, the new pyjamas in Two Point Hospital, some new Brush Pack in Concrete Genie, being Jesus in a game, festive Fallout 76 Scorched, Dying Light hosting a Chivalry event, Overwatch and its Winter Wonderland event, Generation Zero Alpine Unrest the very first DLC for the game, the Icetide event in Anthem, Mirage’s Holo-Day Bash in Apex Legends, the Arctic Pack in Planet Zoo that includes animals, murdering Safi’jiiva in Monster Hunter World Iceborne, Skywalker Rising content in Battlefront 2, The Dawning in Destiny 2, World War Z’s Horde Mode Z update, the festive Refuge in Sparklite, or Christmas coming to Red Dead Online.

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